Nolan North: Uncharted 3 is "Common Sense"
The Uncharted franchise has been a runaway success for Naughty Dog, and they'd be mad not to release a sequel. When asked about the possibility of Uncharted 3, voice actor Nolan North delivered a glib yet promising reply.
“I’m not supposed to talk about that. I’ve been told I can’t say one way or another. But I will ask a question back: Do you think it would be financially responsible of Sony to not make a third game that has made hundreds of millions of dollars for their company?
“You’ve just got to use your common sense. What do you think? I’m not supposed to say one way or the other. I would encourage everyone to tap into their common sense.”
In gamespeak, this could mean one of two things. Either it means: "We hope that Sony will soon give us the green light to make Uncharted 3, but big businesses make stupid decisions from time to time. Don't screw us here, guys. Or, more than likely, it means that Naughty Dog are already getting stuck into development and they're waiting for E3 to give us the grand reveal. Here's hoping. [Playstation Chat via PSU]
Two More Infinity Ward Devs go AWOL
This is getting ridiculous. Lead animator Mark Grigsby and lead character animator Paul Messerly are the latest escapees from Infinity Ward, bringing the current total of lost staff up to a round dozen. Whether or not they'll defect to West and Zampella's newly-created Respawn Entertainment remains to be seen, though I'd be a surprised if there isn't a substantial EA 'bounty' out for them.
Grigsby was a 5-year IW vet who actually provided VA for Modern Warfare, and Paul Messerly was serving even before 2015 inc changed its name. At this rate, Kotick will be making MW3 by himself.
As we've been saying all along, happy developers make better games. But does anyone else find it ironic that developers are fleeing to EA... for the creative freedom they provide? What a world we live in. [VG247]
GAME Apologises for Shifting Ex-Display Stock
This Easter, many Hot UK Deals posts were marred by GAME shifting a lot of tatty ex-display stock instead of "new" games (as advertised). GAME has now apologised for the mistake, stating that the huge demand caused them to relax their quality control standards.
"This stock should be in mint condition but we are now aware that some ex-display stock has slipped through our quality screening processes. We would never seek to mislead our customers by offering for sale product that we know to be sub-standard, and would like to take this opportunity to offer our apologies to any customer that has been inconvenienced by this matter."
GAME have also stated that they will be offering a refund or replacement to affected consumers.
"If any of our customers have bought a 'new' game from us, then we will have sent a new game out to them. If any customer has received a game that is damaged or that they are not happy about the condition of, we will be pleased to replace it or refund it, subject to our normal terms and conditions."
Score one for the good guys. However, in other GAME news, the retail outlet has apparently cut staff hours again in order to rein in its outgoings. Hopefully this will remove the need for any further layoffs and store closings. [Gamesindustry.biz]
Sony Rolls out Free(ish) 3D Games this June
News update: Sony has announced that they will be releasing four 3D games on PSN to coincide with the launch of its new stereoscopic HX800 3D telly. Wipeout HD, Motorostorm Pacific Rift, PAIN and Super Stardust HD will be available as a free download to HX800 purchasers this June.